Rooibos Tea: The Miracle Drink That Boosts Your Health
Your Natural Health Supporter
From alleviating hangovers to soothing stomach ache, Rooibos tea may be just the drink your body needs for a long-lasting health boost.
We won’t lie — Rooibos tea may not the most delicious drink you’ll ever have. But like most of our grandmothers used to say, a bitter medicine is the best cure. Loaded with antioxidants and minerals, this natural and caffeine-free South African drink has a number of scientifically-proven health benefits ranging from an overall improvement of the immune system to alleviation of allergies, stomach and skin problems — not to mention that it also helps with the headache after a long night at the bar. Here are eight (of the many) ways this miracle tea will pleasantly affect your life.
1. It’s anti-ageing
The theories behind ageing tell you that bodies get old due to toxic compounds called “free radicals,” which are produced as a byproduct of normal cell functions. Free radicals attack healthy cells, resulting in an ageing and weakening of our immune systems. Japanese scientists have discovered that Rooibos tea contains a substance that mimics the enzyme Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects. In other words, the antioxidants present in Rooibos tea slow down the human aging process and boost the strength of the immune system, resulting in a more energetic, healthier and younger self.
2. It alleviates acne
Rooibos contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc which contribute to healthy, smooth and glowing skin. The following facemask method has proven a savior to many acne sufferers: take half a cup of strong, fairly warm plain Rooibos tea, add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and two teaspoons of oatmeal, allow the mixture to cool until it’s lukewarm, apply over face and neck and then lie down and relax for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm plain Rooibos tea, then press to dry. Continue the procedure once a week for a smoother and healthier, acne-free skin.
3. It cures tired eyes
Yes, it helps with tired, smarting, puffy or sensitive eyes, so those who read and/or study a lot will find this hint particularly valuable. Place tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer. After a hard day’s work, put on tired or red eyes to soothe and relax. Do the same every morning after waking up: either rinse out your eyes in an eyeglass filled with lukewarm plain Rooibos tea, or wipe out your eyes with a face-cloth dipped in plain Rooibos tea for an instant relief.
Loaded with antioxidants and minerals, this natural and caffeine-free South African drink has a number of scientifically-proven health benefits.
4. It helps you get a good night sleep
Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, low in tannin and it has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system, which is why it has been for years recommended by doctors of patients suffering from insomnia, disturbed sleeping patterns and headaches. Have a cup of Rooibos beverage just before going to bed and you’ll sleep like a log. (In fact, we’re dozing off as we’re writing this, only 20 minutes after a full cup of warm Rooibos.)
5. It alleviates hangover
Alcohol blocks the creation of vasopressin, which causes the kidneys to send water all around the body. The more you drink, the more water is expelled from your body, leaving you dehydrated. That is why the best cure for hangover is a hydrant drink and Rooibos is exactly this. As it is also extremely rich in vitamins and minerals (iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium, to name a few), it quickly restores the body’s equilibrium and helps you get back in shape even after a very wild night out.
6. It alleviates stomach cramps
Rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, known to help reduce cramps, inflammation and other stomach problems. It is also safe for babies and has a proven effect on soothing children with constant cramps. If you have a child suffering from stomach problems, mix some Rooibos tea with expressed breast milk or formula and enjoy the result.
7. It helps alleviate allergies
South African scientists have deduced that the reason why Rooibos is anti-allergic is that it contains quercetin, an anti-spasmodic that helps combat allergies. There is between 1.4 and 1.7 mg of quercetin in every 150 ml of Rooibos. It is proven to help alleviate sinus, hay fever and runny noses. If you’re suffering from sinus, slowly draw some lukewarm Rooibos into your sinuses, hold it in for a few seconds, then release it and blow your nose. You should feel better.
8. It’s the perfect drink during pregnancy
Non-caffeine and mineral-rich, women can drink Rooibos during pregnancy with no anxiety for side effects for them or the infants. Rooibos contains calcium and magnesium, as well as helps you absorb iron, all of which are essential minerals during pregnancy and postpartum. As mentioned above, it also contains loads of antioxidants, substances such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in our bodies, and it helps you relax and sleep well — the perfect deal for your and your baby.
Buying Rooibos Tea in Japan
Hugely popular in Japan, Rooibos tea is available at most tea shops and supermarkets, especially such which sell imported food. However, since Rooibos is often sprayed with pesticides against worms prior to export, it is also wiser to check your sources well before purchasing.
If you want to be completely sure that your tea is purely organic and of good quality, we recommend Royal-T’s Rooibos. Royal-T’s tea is completely natural, has no added colorants or flavors and has been steam pasteurized prior to export. With history of over 12 years in Japan and certified by six organic associations, this is one of the most-trusted companies on the field. The regular Royal-T’s Rooibos is slightly milder and sweeter than the usual on sale, while the newest products (currently on sale at Costco) also offer honey, orange, peppermint and lemon-flavored teas. Regular Royal-T Rooibos tea can be bough at Costco across Japan or online for ¥1,180 for a carton of 160 tea bags.